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FROM THE EDITOR

By KURT RHEINHEIMER
Photo from 1988 by DOUGLAS MILLER

A 30-YEAR SERENDIPITY

Staengls
Rule!

What are the chances of a story in our first
issue having a completely unplanned family tie
to one in this 30th Anniversary issue? Maybe
pretty good once you consider that family's
commitment to the region we love.

W

riter Angela Minor's story
pitch went like this: "How
about a piece on a super active, passionate, official club
of young birders in the Blue
A family in 1988.
Ridge?" Seemed interesting From left: Galen,
enough to me, but given my Luke, Anita, and
worry that there might be a dozen such clubs Aaron Staengl (from
ate alcohol from wood, making Staengl the largin the region, as well as our recent push for this magazine's
est industrial employer in the county. An underinaugural issue).
more profiles in the magazine, I looked
taking he took on with this perspective: "Living
around on the club's website and found that
in the country grounds me. I feel connected to
they had at least one star among them-a well-awarded the earth and its people."
young birder.
The piece, by the way, was written by Su Clauson-
And so it came to pass that Angela went to work on now Su Clauson-Wicker-a long-time contributing edia profile of one Ezra Staengl, 14-year-old ace birder. See tor who has been a part of the magazine ever since.
page 56.
I think I've killed the suspense: Yes, Luke Staengl, serJump to a little later in preparations for this issue, endipity presents, is Ezra Staengl's granddad, and Galen
when I got to carry out the task of pulling out Volume is his father.
I, No. 1 (June/July 1988) to look for a salient quote from
What I hope I haven't dampened is the Staengl family's
the issue for the Country Roads department's first-ever embodiment of what makes this region special and valu"30 Years Ago in Blue Ridge Country" short (as you may able-their deep and abiding commitment to the land
have noted, we've been doing "25 Years Ago . . ." for and its wonders, to things natural and things beautiful.
many issues).
It is that kind of commitment that has allowed this
And there I became re-aquainted with what was my magazine to live and flourish for these 30 years, that has
favorite piece in that inaugural issue: "Clean Air, Clean provided the material to have created these 180 issues
Fuel and Homegrown Plastic: Luke Staengl has Carved so far.
an Unusual Niche in Rural Floyd County, Virginia."
We are immensely grateful to all those who, like the
The piece was an appreciative portrait of a family- Staengls, have graced our pages with their love of the
Luke and Anita Staengl and their sons Galen and Aaron- mountains and their natural wonders.
and focused primarily on Luke Staengl's work to create
And to the writers and photographers who continue
plastic without petroleum (using wood), as well as to cre- to bring us their wonderful stories.

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